Monday, April 8, 2024

Michele's Monday Picks #43

 Angela is so generous to let me pop in with my little series, Michele’s Monday Picks!  I’m not a blogger or bookstagrammer, but I love getting excited about new releases with the rest of you.  Here I’ll be sharing new books I’m really looking forward to!


By John Marrs
Expected Publication: May 9, 2024

From Goodreads:
From the acclaimed author of The One and The Marriage Act, The Family Experiment is dark and brilliant speculative thriller about families: real and virtual.

Some families are virtually perfect…

The world's population is soaring, creating overcrowded cities and an economic crisis. And in the UK, the breaking point has arrived. A growing number of people can no longer afford to start families, let alone raise them.

But for those desperate to experience parenthood, there is an alternative. For a monthly subscription fee, clients can create a virtual child from scratch who they can access via the metaverse and a VR headset. To launch this new initiative, the company behind Virtual Children has created a reality TV show called The Substitute. It will follow ten couples as they raise a Virtual Child from birth to the age of eighteen but in a condensed nine-month time period. The prize: the right to keep their virtual child, or risk it all for the chance of a real baby…

Set in the same universe as John Marrs's bestselling novel The One and The Marriage Act, The Family Experiment is a dark and twisted thriller about the ultimate Tamagotchi—a virtual baby.

John Marrs’ thrillers are so good - do you think you’ll be picking this one up?


  1. Oh wow this sounds twisty but also really good!

  2. I'm always up for more John Marrs!

  3. That is quite a crazy concept, yet I can almost imagine it being true.

  4. Oh wow! That's quite the synopsis. Marrs is new to me --this thriller def. sounds like something I'd like though. Thanks for putting it on my radar, Michele!

    1. I think you would love his books!

  5. Wow - that sounds like such a unique premise. Thanks for sharing that book - my first time seeing it.

  6. I'm not a big thriller reader, but this sounds like such an intriguing premise! Hope you'll love it!

  7. Sounds like dystopian kind of thriller... very interesting! But I had to laugh at the Tamagotchi reference. lol


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